WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

welcome to Saint Andrews
At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
tiffany window OVER 100 YEARS OF HISTORY
St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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st-andrews COME AND VISIT
We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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episcopal church THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE
St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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contact CONTACT US
Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
UPCOMING EVENTS AT ST. ANDREW’S

A Beautiful June!

CONGRATULATIONS, LILA AND JACK!  Today we celebrate the graduation from High School two of our younger and beloved St Andrew’s family members, LILA SULLIVAN and JACK SLAYTON, and wish them God’s very best in their new lives as they head off the island to discover what God has in store for them!  Lila will be attending Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire, and Jack will be attending Curry College, in Milton, Massachusetts.  God bless you, both—we’ll miss you!

       

WE ARE EXCITED TO HAVE WITH US TODAYat our 10:00 am worship, The High School Chorale from the First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld.  Greg and his wife Nanci are seasonal members of St Andrew’s, and Nanci’s parents are George and Marion Chapman, long-time summer residents and members of St Andrew’s Church.  Welcome, all—and thanks so much for the beautiful sounds!

 

OUR NEXT ‘NEW WORSHIP’ SERVICE , featuring cool music in a cool and casual context, is TODAY, SUNDAY, JUNE 14, AT 4:00 PM IN THE PARISH HALL.  This is really catching on—so give it a try!  Our guest musician will be Sara Piazza, who loves the Lord and shares her music talents so enthusiastically.  Come and bring a friend or two!

 

GOD IS REVEALED IN SCRIPTURE—and you can experience incredible grace by joining us Tuesday mornings for our 8:22 am Bible Study!  Go ahead—give it a try—it’s painless and joyful!  We’re over in the Parish House…

 

CHECK OUT THE INFORMATION TABLE IN THE PARISH HALLfor all kinds of articles and information related to the church, faith, and current events.

 

QUESTION:  HOW MANY MEMBERS ATTEND ST ANDREW’S CHURCH?   Answer:  116.  Other statistics from our recent Parochial Report, submitted to the Diocese and National Church, show an average Sunday attendance of 77, and 325 worship services conducted last year.  Every one of us is important—and each of us has a role to play in what Christ is doing among us here at St Andrew’s!

 

THE VINEYARD SOUND IS BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR AT ST ANDREW’S  on Friday nights beginning June 19.  Concerts begin at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, and they’re a Vineyard (and St Andrew’s) tradition for a good reason—it’s a great time!  We could use some volunteersto take ONE FRIDAY NIGHT to be here as St Andrew’s “chaperones”—so if you can help us, please sign up in the Parish Hall—and your concert is FREE!

 

WE NEED USHERS FOR OUR 10:00 AM SERVICE!     We’re in need of FOUR folks who can help us out every once in a while to hand out bulletins, and be a welcoming presence to our 10:00 parishioners and guests.   It’s easy, and it’s really meaningful to serve!  Please see Father Chip with questions, or if you’d like to help out.

 

SUMMER PARTIES AT THE RECTORY ARE BACK!  We’ve got TWO DATES:  Wednesday, July 8 and Tuesday, August 18, both at 6:00 pm.  These will be fun and casual POTLUCK affairs, and we’ll grill up the burgers, dogs and chicken, so all you’ll need to do is bring a salad, side dish, dessert, or appetizer.  (If it rains too much, we’ll cancel, and you can find out by calling the church answering machine at 627-5330).  GREAT WAY FOR OUR SUMMER FRIENDS TO HAVE SOME FUN WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY!  PLEASE COME AND  BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

 

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       Church Office Hours:

  • Heather Anne Slayton, Tuesday—Friday, 9:00 am—3:00 pm.

  • Father Chip Seadale:  Monday 9—11 am and Wednesday 2—4 pm (and available by appointment). 

  • Please note that Heather Anne is not in the office Saturday through Monday, and Father Chip is not in the office Friday and Saturday. 

  • Father Chip can always be reached in emergencies on his cell at 774-563-9716.

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  “The Vision of St Andrew’s Church is to make God present in our families, our neighborhood, our town, the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, and in the world.” 

  

                  Our Vestry

 

Wardens:       Bonnie Deitz and Chris White

Treasurer:       Wesley Brown

Parish Clerk:   Sandra Mott

Members at Large:  

Claudia Metell, Pam Monterosso, Caroline Evans, Susan Weibel and Barbara Shriber